March 2017

Welcome to the latest Junior Lawyer Update - the newsletter from the Junior Lawyers Division.

The JLD annual conference and ball on 8 April is rapidly approaching and we have a distinguished range of speakers, including our keynote speaker, the Rt Hon Lord Justice Hickinbottom, the second ever solicitor to be appointed to the Court of Appeal.

The conference is an opportunity for junior lawyers to develop their career and network with other junior lawyers from across the jurisdiction. Places are still available so book your ticket now.

We'll shortly be publishing the results of our survey of junior lawyers on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. We received over 200 responses, and the information we gathered will increase our understanding of our members' needs. Thank you to everyone who took part.

In the meantime we will continue to make representations to the Solicitors Regulation Authority on proposals for the introduction of a solicitors qualifying exam to ensure the best outcome for future solicitors and the profession.

We want to represent you so please let us know your views and concerns so we can speak out on your behalf.

Bryan Scant
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division
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JLD annual conference and ball - 8 April, London

This event provides invaluable advice on taking control of your career and offers a mix of keynote speeches, practical breakout sessions and networking opportunities.
Find out more and book

Essay competition winners

Congratulations to Nicholas Cottrell, winner of the 2016 JLD essay competition How do you think Brexit will affect junior lawyers?, and to Sophia Hatter and James Rhodes who were highly commended. Well done to all the shortlisted entrants and thank you everyone who entered.
Read the winning and highly commended essays and see the full shortlist

Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award

The Law Society is looking for a junior lawyer who brings an exceptional standard of work and great dedication to their role. The winner will be raising their own profile - or their team’s/firm’s - and bringing insight, flair, imagination and hard work to everything they do.
Read more about the awards and nominate now

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards, including Legal Aid Newcomer. The deadline for entries is 28 April.
Read more about the awards and nominate now

Developing your career couldn't be easier with our smart-sized learning

What would you like to be doing in 5 or 10 years? Whatever your aim, developing your skills is vital to progressing your career and building a solid foundation for the future.
Find out how we can help

Ethical dilemma - what would you do?

If you're looking for a fresh approach to grappling with ethical issues, take a look at the interactive scenarios at the Professional Development Centre.
Find out more

Diversity Access Scheme (DAS)

Funding, mentoring and work experience are available for students from non-traditional backgrounds seeking to start the LPC in the autumn. Applications for the DAS for the 2017/18 academic year are now open - the closing date for submissions is 12 April.
Read more about the scheme

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JLD National Committee meeting - 9 April, London (free)

Are you an LPC student, LPC graduate, trainee or solicitor five years’ qualified or less? Want to get involved with the JLD but don’t know where to start? You can attend a National Committee meeting as an observer to find out more.
Find out more

Be a human rights lawyer - 11 May, London (free)

Hear how human rights campaigners, solicitors, academics, civil servants and barristers started out. Join breakout sessions for a chance to ask questions about internships, applications and interviews. Get frank advice from practitioners and hear from some of the UK’s leading human rights lawyers.
Find out more and book

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Law Society policy committee vacancies - deadline 10 April

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London Young Lawyers Group pro bono awareness campaign launch event 5 April